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Illawarra Flame Tree, Ash Street

Illawarra Flame Tree, Ash Street

In full bloom right now, the Illawarra Flame Tree at the New Lynn end of Ash Street, Avondale, is a joy to behold. A few years ago, I showed pictures of successive seasons, where only one half of the tree was in flower, in alternation. In the intervening time, I was unimpressed with the flowering display and did not take pictures (there were hints of half-and-half). But this year the two halves got their act together magnificently!

The Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) is a native of Australia with stunning red flowers, very conspicuous because it sheds its leaves before flowering. Found as specimen tree in some New Zealand gardens.

2010 and 2011:

Illawarra Flame Tree

Illawarra Flame Tree

Illawarra Flame Tree

Illawarra Flame Tree

4 Comments

  1. Stefan Jansson

    It looks fantastic in the first photo.

  2. William Kendall

    It certainly does look beautiful!

  3. Gabrielle

    really amazing !

  4. Julie

    There certainly appears to have been a turnaround, Paul. I wonder if there was a virus in part of the tree. I agree it is a gorgeous tree.

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